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Monthly Digest - January 2001

Date: 2nd January 2001 Opposition: St Johnstone Score (H/T): 0-0 (0-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: East End Park Attendance: 6,408
Scorers: N/A
Cards (Yellow): Thomson, Ferguson (DAFC) Sylla (St Johnstone)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Doesburg, Skerla, Thomson; Nicholson, Mason (Bullen 74), Ferguson (Moss 67), Hampshire, McGroarty; Crawford, Dijkhuizen (Dair 57). Subs not used: SY Thomson, Tod.
St Johnstone: Main; Frail, Weir, Dods, Bollan; Sylla, Dasovic, McNeill; McBride (McCulloch 67); Connolly, Parker (Lowndes 70). Subs not used: Cuthbert, Hartley, Forsyth.
Referee: W Young
A dull game for the final match before the winter break. Gary Mason made his debut in a game where the best chances fell to the Saints. Worst offender was Nick Dasovic, who missed an easy chance in the first two minutes. Despite the lack of a victory, the Pars extended their unbeaten run to four games, and Marco Ruitenbeek equalled Andy Rhodes club record of 11 shutouts in a Premier season.
Four players are told that they will not be offered new contracts when their current ones expire at the end of the season. The players are, Eddie May, Chris Templeman, Russel Huggon and Craig Martin.
The Pars squad embark on their tour of Morocco. A 23 strong squad are travelling, and Scott Thomson expressed concern at facing 11 Youssef Rossi's when the Athletic play Raja Cassablanca. 
David Graham goes on loan to Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Meanwhile, Chris McGroarty has been offered an extension to his current contract, and Brian Reid is close to agreeing a move to Blackpool.
The Scottish Cup Third Round draw sees the Pars meet St Johnstone. Deep joy!
Date: 15th January 2001 Opposition: Willem II Score (H/T): 3-2 (2-1)
Competition: Friendly Venue: Agadir, Morocco Attendance: 180
Scorers: [1-0] Dijkhuizen (30), [2-0] Nicholson (42), [2-1] Caluwe (45), [2-2] Bombarda (47), [3-2] Moss (60)
Cards (Yellow): None
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Doesburg, Skerla, Thomson, McGroarty (Boyle HT); Hampshire, Nicholson, Ferguson (Moss HT), Dair; Crawford, Dijkhuizen. Subs used (all on 58 mins): SY Thomson, Potter, Tod, McLeish, Matthaei, Mason, Bullen, Petrie.
Willem II: Van Feesem; Wau (Mariana 25), Van Nieuwstadt, Hil, Veldeman; Caluwe, Victoria, Arts: Sektioui, Bombarda, Abdellaoui  Subs used: Mathissen, Meeuvis, Van Steenveldt, Ceesay, Landzaart
Referee: N/K
Good win for the Pars in the first of their Moroccan tour game. Dijkhuizen's first was from a rebound after the keeper failed to hold his original header. Next was Barry Nicholson's goal who tapped home a Hampshire cross. Willem equalised with two goals either side of the break, before on the hour mark David Moss grabbed the winner with a powerful header.
Date: 17th January 2001 Opposition: Raja Cassablanca Score (H/T): 3-1 (1-1 )
Competition: Testimonial Venue: Mohammad V Stadium Attendance: 20,000
Scorers: [1-0] Moss (28), [1-1] Laflifi (35), [2-1] Bullen (67), [3-1] Thomson (70)
Cards (Yellow): None
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek (Thomson 71): Doesburg (Mason 60), Skerla (Tod 71), Thomson, Skinner (Potter 85), McGroarty (Petrie 66); Hampshire (Dair 45), Nicholson (Matthaei 71), Ferguson (Rossi 45, McLeish 86), Crawford (Dijkhuizen 79) Moss (Bullen 45).
Raja Cassablanca: First Half: Bouabdellaoui, Nater, Ighir, Rossi, Misbah, Seddiki (Allouche, 35), El Haddadoui, Dolmy, Bouderbala, Rizki, Khalifi

Second Half: Chadzi; Kharbouch, Khoubache, Abdessadek, Bekkari, Omar (Allouche 76), Badji, Cheikh Sarre, Dahane, El Moubarki, El Haimeur.

Referee: N/K
Testimonial game for Raja player Said Seddiki. Raja fielded different teams in each half, with the 'Raja old boys' first half team including Pars very own Youssef Rossi. A fine performance saw the Pars win through with David Moss opening (tap in from a rebound off the keeper), Lee Bullen was next on target (header from a Crawford cross) and Scott Thomson netting the third (sliding ball past the keeper from a Nicholson free kick). 
The planned upgrade to East End Park is finally given the go-ahead. A 60 bed 3 star hotel, community well being centre and the Pars Enterprise Centre will be built, along with 154 car parking spaces.  
Craig Martin signs on a free transfer for Stirling Albion. Brian Reid completes his move to Blackpool after a successful three month loan spell.
Jimmy Calderwood is due before the SFA Disciplinary Committee on his return from Morocco.
Date: 23rd January 2001 Opposition: Raith Rovers Score (H/T): 1-0 (0-0)
Competition: Friendly Venue: Starks Park Attendance: 1,075
Scorers: [1-0]  Crawford (56)
Cards (Yellow): None
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek (Thomson 79); Doesburg, Skinner, Skerla, McGroarty; Hampshire, Nicolson, Ferguson (Fotheringham 81); Dair, Dijkhuizen (Mason 69), Crawford. Subs not used: McDonald, Vaughan.
Raith Rovers: Coyle; McCulloch, Inglis, Browne, Ellis; Hampshire, Tosh (Hamilton HT), Nicol (Niven 77), Stein; Clark (Bayne HT), Mballa (McInally 60). Sub not used: Van de Kamp
Referee: J Rowbotham
A work out for the Pars ahead of Saturday's trip to McDiarmid Park for the Scottish Cup game against St Johnstone. Only goal of a fairly dull game, came from a Stevie Crawford volley from 20 yards out. 
The SFA Disciplinary Committee ban JC from the dug-out for 12 weeks.
Efforts are being made to get Youssef Rossi back from international duty in time for the midweek game against Motherwell
Owen Coyle extends his loan deal at Ross County for another month. Russel Huggon goes to Bury on trial. Andy Tod did well on the Moroccan tour and has played his way back into Jimmy Calderwood's plans.
Date: 27th January 2001 Opposition: St Johnstone Score (H/T): 0-0 (0-0)
Competition: Scottish Cup  Venue: McDiarmid Park Attendance: 5,026
Scorers: N/A
Cards (Yellow): Skerla (DAFC), Parker (St Johnstone)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Skerla, Skinner, Thomson; Hampshire (Dair 64), Nicholson (Mason (87), Ferguson, Thomson, McGroarty; Crawford, Moss (Dijkhuizen 63) Subs not used: SY Thomson, Tod
St Johnstone: Main; Frail, Weir, Dods, Bollan; Sylla, O’Neil (Kane 78), Dasovic, McBride (Lovenkrands 83); Connolly (Lowndes 88), Parker. Subs not used: Cuthbert, McCluskey.
Referee: R Orr
Another dreadfully dull encounter between these two teams. The only moment of real excitement came just after half time when St Johnstone were awarded a penalty after Parker and Skerla tangled. It was a weak award by referee Orr, but justice was done when Parker crashed his spot kick against the cross-bar.  Dunfermline had Marco Ruitenbeek to thank for their continued interest in the cup as he produced a number of superb saves.
Date: 31st January 2001 Opposition: Motherwell Score (H/T): 1-1 (0-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: Fir Park Attendance: 4,601
Scorers: [0-1] McCulloch (69), [1-1] Bullen (89)
Cards (Yellow): Mason, Nicholson (DAFC), Adams, Goodman (Motherwell)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Skinner, Skerla, Thomson; Doesburg (Dijkhuizen 81), Nicolson, Ferguson, Mason, McGroarty (Dair 65); Bullen, Crawford. Subs not used: SY Thomson, Tod, Hampshire.
Motherwell: Goram; Kemble, Brannan, Strong; Corrigan, Townsley, Leitch, Adams, McMillan; Spencer (Goodman 75), McCulloch (Twaddle 75). Subs not used: Woods, Hammell, Lasley.
Referee: R Orr
The Pars left it late to salvage a point at Fir Park. Stevie Crawford had an opportunity to open the scoring in the first half when a penalty was awarded for a foul by Kemble on McGroarty. However Stevie's spot kick went wide. Motherwell took the lead, when McCulloch knocked in a rebound from Ruitenbeek, following his save from an Adams header. Lee Bullen equalised from almost on the goalline after Goram had saved a Dijkhuizen header which was netbound.